A nurse-led youth volunteering project to support older people on acute hospital wards
16th March 2021
Charalambous L (2020) A nurse-led youth volunteering project to support older people on acute hospital wards. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1926
Published online: 24 June 2020
Young people volunteering on acute hospital wards can provide extra support to older patients, for example with eating and drinking, with mobilising and with therapeutic activities. This extra support can reduce nurses’ workload while providing older people with opportunities to interact and engage. For the young people involved, volunteering can improve their skills and confidence, as well as providing opportunities for career development. Nurses are well-placed for developing and managing volunteer services due to their leadership, clinical skills and experience. This article describes a volunteer project where young people aged 16 years and above support older people on acute hospital wards in an NHS trust in England. The project was designed and managed by a nurse using the NURTURe model, a framework for planning, developing and organising volunteer services to support older patients on acute hospital wards.
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Other resources that might be of interest:
- Running Youth Volunteering Programmes within the NHS – The Good and the Ugly
- Webinar recording – Running Youth Volunteering Programmes within the NHS – The Good and the Ugly
- Youth Volunteering Programme at Torbay and South Devon
- Report: Youth Volunteers in Empathy Project: Hertfordshire
- Tips to support young volunteers
- Role profile: Youth Volunteer Executive
- Toolkit: Youth Volunteering and Social Action in Health & Social Care SECOND EDITION